Dystopian, Fantasy, General YA, Romance, Thriller, Tough Stuff:

The Passage

19 Jul 2016 by Becca, No Comments »
The PassageThe Passage by Justin Cronin
Series: The Passage #1
Published by Ballantine Books on June 8, 2010
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, General YA, Thriller, Tough Stuff
Pages: 766

An epic and gripping tale of catastrophe and survival, The Passage is the story of Amy—abandoned by her mother at the age of six, pursued and then imprisoned by the shadowy figures behind a government experiment of apocalyptic proportions. But Special Agent Brad Wolgast, the lawman sent to track her down, is disarmed by the curiously quiet girl and risks everything to save her. As the experiment goes nightmarishly wrong, Wolgast secures her escape—but he can’t stop society’s collapse. And as Amy walks alone, across miles and decades, into a future dark with violence and despair, she is filled with the mysterious and terrifying knowledge that only she has the power to save the ruined world. - GoodReads.com

I feel like I can’t adequately express to you how I feel about this book.

A few seasons ago, I jump on the Game of Thrones bandwagon. If you are a fan of the show, it has nothing to do with this book what-so-ever. The similarities lie in my emotions every time a character that I have grown to love dies suddenly and the story manages to move on while my heart is on the stake or the sword or whatever, that caused the untimely death of the character.

This book was similar. As it really can be segmented into three- maybe even four distinct chunks. In each of these individual stories, the reader falls hopelessly head over heels for one character or another and then there is some type of shift (sometimes by a complete time jump) in which the reader is forced to let go of a character and move on.

But perhaps this is what the author intended. Amy is the character that stands the test of time and she is the one who must traverse the passage while others support her journey.

Segments three and four of the book can be divided into “stationary” to “traveling” as Peter, Michael and his comrades experience a vast number of changes during this time. The fourth segment gives new life to the book and is truly the reason why I want to read the second book in the series.

On the characters in this segment – Peter is a strong character, albeit slightly oblivious. Alisha is just plain annoying. I’m not sure how Caleb managed to travel so many miles in sneakers that were too large for him by several sizes. Michael, Sara and even Hollis drive the book forward in many ways, especially through the excerpts of Sara’s journal throughout the book.

I loved this book. Despite occasional wordiness, I was so immersed in this novel with the rich and descriptive writing about the world during and after the largest viral outbreak in the history of the world.

And finally,

Have you ever used, “doesthedogdie.com”? I have. Because when an animal dies, I need to mentally prepare myself. God damn you book with all of the unanticipated animal deaths.


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